Google replaces the Home Mini with the new Nest Mini

Ruben Fields
October 18, 2019

It's hard to notice a visible difference as the Nest Mini is made to look nearly identical to the Google Mini. That's because consumers tend to hide ugly routers with protruding antennas from plain view, stowing them away in cabinets and behind shelves.

Nest WiFi does work with the smart displays and in the Google Home app. It's a much more appropriate name, instead of Google having two lines of smart home products. The company has named it Nest Mini.

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The Nest WiFi will be available in-store in Australia from November 5th, in either a standard two-pack for AU$399 or the larger three-pack with the router for AU$549, and is available for preorder now on the Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and the Good Guys. Or a triple pack for $349 consisting of a Nest WiFi and Nest WiFi Points.

And, because this is a mesh Wi-Fi router, you can expect some excellent network coverage. The Point itself has Google Assistant built in so you can call up the AI assistant if you're the kind of person that uses them.

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There is one critical thing holding the Nest Wifi back, though, and it's the lack of Wi-Fi 6 compatibility. It's not just fashion trends, but also technology which is trendy as was showcased by Google at their Pixel 4 event last night where they showcased a range of new devices that they are rolling out which matches pretty much what numerous other tech companies are also putting out. Stay tuned for our full review on the smartphone.

The Nest Mini also comes with twice the amount of bass than the Google Home Mini, which helps to give a richer, and more natural sound when listening to music. We won't know that for sure until we get it in for testing, but its not looking promising for anyone that needs that level of performance. They can also be axed to Google Assistant. It has a clean aesthetic, doubles as a smart speaker and is easy to use.

Unfortunately as more smart technology invades the home and more aspects of our lives are documented and recorded, steps will need to be taken to regulate and facilitate safety and security for users across all brands and devices.

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